The restoration of historic 440-year-old tapestries, initiated in 2001 by the National Trust Foundation, chaired by Crown Prince Charles of the British Royal Family, has come to an end. It has been announced that the restoration of the last piece in the collection consisting of 13 tapestries, called the Gideon Collection, will be completed in 2023.
The National Trust Foundation, which was established in England in 1895 to protect the country’s historic monuments and natural beauties, said in a May 27 statement that the longest-running restoration project in the foundation’s history involved its end. Expressing that they have started the restoration of the last piece of 13 tapestries, which are 440 years old, on display at the historic Hardwick Hall mansion in Derbyshire, authorities announced that this process has taken around 20 years and they aim to complete the last piece of tapestry in 2023.
MASTERPIECES OF ELIZABETH THE FIRST PERIOD
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The depictions found on the tapestries tell the story of Gideon from the Old Testament Book of Judges, leading an army to save his people from the Midianites. It has been stated that the 13-piece tapestry collection has been named the Gideon Collection due to the representations and is on display in the Long Gallery in the Hardwick Hall Estate. Other historical artifacts, including tapestries, on display in the Long Gallery have been said to be masterpieces from the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Hardwick Managing Director Denise Edwards said: “Even although our houses (mansions) have been closed for almost five months, we have been very busy behind the scenes preparing to welcome our visitors, and this is a particularly special project for us. ”
“This is an extremely important set of tapestries – the largest surviving set in the UK, hung in the Long Gallery since the end of the 16th century. “They are massive in size (around 6 meters high and 70.6 meters long), making them one of the most ambitious tapestries of the time, rivaling other great works of the 1530s and 1540s. . ” It has been stated that the coat of arms and initials of the Gideon collection were woven in the Flemish region of Oudenaarde for Sir Christopher Hatton, who touched the borders.
3-YEAR RESTORATION PROCESS FOR EACH CARPET
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The National Trust Foundation said the restoration process is a slow process spanning 3 years and the edges of each rug, which are woven separately, are removed and prepared for cleaning. It was announced that the carpets sent to Belgium took a day to wash each piece by experts, then the carpets were brought back and every damage was repaired by hand, point by point.